For Immediate Release
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Longue Vue House and Gardens' 12th Sentimental Journeys gala takes place on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 8 p.m. until midnight, with a patron reception preceding the party at 6:30 p.m. This year's event celebrates the beautiful Keukenhof spring garden, in Lisse, the Netherlands.

Sentimental Journeys dates back to 1936, when Longue Vue's founders, Edith and Edgar Stern, embarked on a 14-month trip around the world commemorating their 15th wedding anniversary and Edgar's 50th birthday. In 1995, Longue Vue introduced the benefit to support its educational and civic endeavors.

Since its inception, the benefit has raised over one million dollars that has helped Longue Vue fulfill its mission "to preserve and use the historical and artistic legacy of Longue Vue and its creators to educate and inspire people to pursue beauty and civic responsibility in their lives." Funds raised by Sentimental Journeys enable Longue Vue to serve as a center for youth and adult education, offering horticultural, science, preservation, and arts programming inspired by the historic site and founded in the needs of the community.

Sentimental Journeys 2015 is co-chaired by Ann Koppel Schreiner and Elizabeth LeBlanc and honors The Garden Study Club, a member of the Garden Club of America. "Sentimental Journeys is always a spectacular party, and this year promises to be truly exceptional," says co-chair Ann Schreiner. "We are looking forward to an elegant evening of fine food, drinks and one of a kind experiences! I am honored to be a part of an event to support the educational and cultural mission of Longue Vue House and Gardens."

The event will take place at the Old Metairie home of Danielle Kavanaugh. Guests will dine on world-class cuisine from Chef Michael Sichel of Galatoire's and enjoy an exquisite selection of libations, including a specialty cocktail crafted by Locally Preserved exclusively for the patron party. The evening culminates in an auction featuring art, antiques, jewelry and travel experiences - a perfect tribute to the Sterns' spirit of adventure and romance!

Tickets are $250, with a special price of $150 for guests 40 and under. Sponsorships and other inquiries can be directed to Jen Gick at 504.293.4723 or Visit to purchase tickets or learn more about Longue Vue.



About Longue Vue House and Gardens
Founded by philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, Longue Vue is a multifaceted historic estate featuring a world-class house museum and eight acres of stunning gardens that include an interactive Discovery Garden for children. This National Historic Landmark serves as one of New Orleans' premier education and cultural resources. Longue Vue is open seven days a week to the public for tours of the home and gardens, special events and programs. Visit for more information.